Dr. Ricciuti has served as IES' Deputy Director for Science since 2007. She draws on her broad experience in research and in the evaluation of federal programs to provide guidance and leadership to the scientific quality of IES activities. She leads the Office of Science, overseeing the scientific peer review activities of IES. Dr. Ricciuti served as a co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council's Scientific Integrity Fast-Track Action Committee, which issued a report in January 2022 on Protecting the Integrity of Government Science. She also served as a co-chair of the subsequent Scientific Integrity Framework Interagency Working Group, which was tasked with producing a framework for implementing and assessing federal agency scientific integrity policies. Prior to joining IES, she worked for 11 years in the Education and Family Services area of Abt Associates Inc., a research and consulting firm. While there, she had senior technical and leadership roles in evaluations of a variety of federal programs focused on children and families. Dr. Ricciuti received her bachelor's degree in psychology at Cornell University, and her master's and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology at the University of Virginia.
The Deputy Director for Science is responsible for guidance and leadership related to the scientific quality of Institute activities, and for special projects and analyses. The Deputy Director for Science leads the team responsible for managing the scientific peer review activities of the Institute that are mandated by the Education Sciences Reform Act. This includes peer review of IES reports and other products, and of IES research and research training grant competitions.